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Block Printing for Beginners

Tiffany will walk you through the process of learning to make unique and beautiful prints on fabric and paper. It begins with potato carving (Yes! A potato!) to learn how to use the cutting tools and how to work with inks. From there, you'll explore how a single print can change when you employ a range of patterning techniques.

The second part of the class focuses on learning to use carving blocks. These are printing blocks that you can use again and again. You’ll start by printing on paper, and move onto printing on fabric. You’ll learn the differences in printmaking inks, and how to use them. From there you are free to experiment and create. Tiffany will answer questions and provide tips throughout.

Tiffany's workshops are a relaxed space, where students are encouraged to forget about perfection, and embrace experimentation. Students are often amazed by how the same set of tools can create such a wide range of styles and images.

Once you've taken this class, you'll be able to print your own cards, bags, napkins, and if you sew, anything made with fabric.

This class is for anyone who enjoys colors, patterns and spending time on creative pursuits. No art experience necessary.

The class includes the following:

  • Instruction on carving, printing, patterns and inks.

  • Kraft paper gift tags, high-quality cards and envelopes, instructional-grade carving tools, bandana.

  • All inks, brayers, paper, test fabric and ink plate are available for you use during the class.

  • Tools to continue printing at home – ink, brayer and ink plate – are available for purchase at the class.


Space is limited so register soon!

*This class is designed for adults. Children 10 and older and welcome to attend with a parent who is also enrolled in the class.

*cancellations must be made 72 hrs in advance. Late cancellations and no shows will forfeit the class fee.

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: No previous experience is necessary
Instructor: Tiffany Smith-Fleischman
Instructor Bio: Tiffany Smith-Fleischman of Northwest Makes sews, prints, preserves, knits and other creative pursuits. She grew up in a family of people who sew, knit, build and tinker, and the instinct never faded. She?s taught many people to sew, knit, can, and as of late, block print, making workshops are a natural fit for Northwest Makes. Tiffany believes everyone is creative, and everyone needs time for making things with their hands. Her workshops are hands-on because people are more likely to continue making at home if they?ve had a chance to experience the process. To learn more about Northwest Makes, go to

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